Around 8 months ago, I launched a new website. I wrote about 200 articles for the website to get complete topical authority about the subject. Now 8 months later, I would expect to start seeing some traffic (been steadily linkbuilding aswell). However, over the last 3 months my traffic has stayed the same (around 500-600 ish). It even looks likes it is starting to dip a bit.

Anyway, I was looking through search console to try to identify what is 'wrong'. I currently have these problems (translations below):

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From top to bottom, the translations are:

  • Not found (404)
  • Page with redirect
  • Crawled - currently not indexed
  • Found - currently not indexed
  • Google chose different canonical page than user

Error #1 - not found

When I started the site, I was still deciding on a proper structure. I was already uploading blogs at that point. In the end, I changed the url structure from:

https://cvtips.nl/cv-opmaak/cv-indeling/ To https://cvtips.nl/cv-opbouw/cv-indeling/, because it made more sense. However, the 42 pages that have a 404 are all the ones that still have the first url structure. What is the best way to deal with this? I changed the url structure months ago... Adding 42 redirects also seems a bit wild. I changed all the internal links aswell, so there is not a single internal link that mentions an url with /cv-opmaak/ in it.

Error #2 - page with redirect

Not too worried about this to be honest. This has to do with a trailing slash at the end of the url. It is weird though, because I checked every single internal link on my site and found a few that did not have a trailing slash, so I changed those. The error does not dissapear though.

Error #3 & #4: Crawled - not indexed/Found - not indexed

This is where it starts to become weird for me. I've read a few blogs about this, and they say it could have something to do with low quality content or maybe the site not having enough crawl budget? All my blogs are written by me, have unique content and are at least 1000 words each. In total it says that 78 of my pages are not indexed... that is quite a lot after 8 months no?

I am really struggling with this site. I know it takes a long time to start ranking, but I suspect there's more to it with this site. Any help would be very much appreciated.

  • You shouldn't have to have 42 individual redirect rules. If you just moved a directory, a single redirect rule should handle all 42 URLs in that directory. Commented Sep 7, 2023 at 11:09
  • Your 3rd and 4th error are covered by Why aren't search engines indexing my content?. In short, it is not unusual at all for Google to choose not to index pages from a new site. It takes a couple years to get 90% of your pages indexed. Almost every site has at least a few pages that Google chooses not to index. How many of your pages ARE indexed? What percent is that? Has the number of indexed pages been growing over the last few months? Commented Sep 7, 2023 at 11:10
  • @StephenOstermiller I have around 200 blogs online. So 78 pages would be about 40% not indexed. site:cvtips.nl has around 80 pages indexed... Search console itself says it's about 50/50. The main takeaway from the post you linked it basically that I shouldn't worry about it for the time being?
    – Reinier68
    Commented Sep 7, 2023 at 12:02
  • @StephenOstermiller So you mean a single redirect from /cv-opmaak/ to /cv-opbouw/ correct?
    – Reinier68
    Commented Sep 7, 2023 at 12:03
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    @LeonardTreman Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I got a sitemap with all the correct links :)
    – Reinier68
    Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 11:24


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